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Local Band Name Breakdown: Battlehooch

Local Band Name Breakdown: Where we ask Bay Area bands the story behind their names. Don't pretend you never wondered.

SF-based Battlehooch is a sextet of quirky dudes who play "shape-shifting orchestral rock n' roll," a kind of jazzy, psychedelic, progressive rock that's completely unique and unpredictable. Their "Desolation" song and video series–a slew of tunes performed in desolate, isolated areas like the Arizona desert or Floridian swamps–show their musical chops at their most fearless, and unfold like sonic stories. They've gained quite the cult following from the days when they would perform outdoors using a homemade generator, and headline at the Independent in July.

This Week in Local Music News

Pitchfork gives San Francisco's Bye Bye Blackbird and Oakland's Psychic Handbook some well-deserved attention [via Pitchfork]

The Bay Bridged talks fashion with local psychedelic music nerds Battlehooch [via The Bay Bridged]

Yours Truly documents perennial chiller Toro Y Moi's trip to San Francisco's Different Fur Studios [via Gorilla Vs. Bear]

Local post-punk veterans Tempo No Tempo use Twitter to announce their imminent breakup [via Tempo No Tempo Twitter]

San Francisco's Apache become the first band to shoot a video at SF General Hospital [via SF Weekly All Shook Down]

The Owl Mag attempts to decipher Ranger Dave's cryptic Outside Lands tweets [via The Owl Mag]

Fucked Up blows away the Mother's Day crowd at Rickshaw Stop [via Spinning Platters]

Thee Oh Sees release their staggering sixth full-length in under three years [via Pitchfork]

Great American Music Hall announces a memorial for famed rock photographer Jim Marshall [via Great American Music Hall]

Tonight at Bottom of the Hill: Battlehooch

Tonight a rare collection of local break-throughs combine forces to celebrate Battlehooch’s album release party for their latest electro-prog compilation, Piecechow. A bunch of UCSC grads, these guys have gained underground respect and fame from musicians and freak-noise fans alike. At the show, expect rampant spandex outfits, unpredictable stage antics and staggering genius musicianship. They’ve street busked, they’ve gained a huge following and now they’re taking it on the road for their Piecechow tour.

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